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Letter from Richard Caswell to Thomas Harvey
Caswell, Richard, 1729-1789
November 19, 1778
Volume 13, Page 289

[From Executive Letter Book.]

Kingston 19th November 1778.

Dear Sir:

By a letter yesterday evening from Genl. Skinner I find some disputes have arisen respecting the Quakers drafted in your County. I have laid his letter before the Council. That Board is of opinion with me that the Quakers are exempt by the Militia law which must govern in the present case; the aid Bill, referring to it, exempts from personal service on the present occasion on paying the fine of twenty-five pounds each. I therefore take the liberty of advising you to discharge such of them as are drafted on the payment of the fine. The Council should think Mr. Newby entitled to the same indulgence that the other Quakers are. Of the propriety of their Certificates the General and yourself will be able to judge, as being in the neighborhood of them and well acquainted with their customs. I am Sir, your mo. Ob. Servt.